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Malpractice issues in modern anaesthesiology

Mavroforou, A.*‡; Stamatiou, G.; Koutsias, S.; Michalodimitrakis, E.; Vretzakis, G.; Giannoukas, A. D.

European Journal of Anaesthesiology: November 2007 - Volume 24 - Issue 11 - p 903–911
doi: 10.1017/S0265021507000919
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Medical malpractice has been raised as an important problem in daily practice, while the media and public remain unforgiving to those perceived to have harmed the patients' life. This article highlights important legal issues related to medical malpractice and summarizes the sources and the nature of potential errors in anaesthesiology practice.

University of Thessaly Medical School, Department of Medical Law and Ethics, Larissa, Greece

University of Thessaly Medical School, Department of Anaesthesiology, Larissa, Greece

University of Thessaly Medical School, Department of Vascular Surgery, Larissa, Greece

University of Crete Medical School, Forensic Sciences Department, Heraklion, Crete, Greece

Correspondence to: Anna Mavroforou, 13 Ath. Agorogianni Street, 41335 Larissa, Greece. E‐mail: amavroforou@hotmail.com; Tel: +30 2410 627600; Fax: +30 2410 627645

Accepted for publication 10 May 2007

First published online 21 June 2007

© 2007 European Society of Anaesthesiology